The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

This series took me totally by surprise. The trailer looked interesting. It’s about a woman whose marriage fails and then she happens to get drunk, walks into a club, walks onto the stage, and does a brilliant comedy stand-up routine. One of the women in the club loves her act and signs up as her manager, to create a career in stand-up for her. It’s set in the 1950s, a time when women had to fight to be seen as equal, so the show picks up on a lot of the discrimination that women went through. Here’s the trailer for season 1, to give you an idea of what it is like:

The characters are well written and very well developed. Midge, the main character, makes friends with comedian Lenny Bruce, a larger-than-life man who became well known in real life as the comedian who pushed boundaries and allowed comics to be able to speak about topics that were considered taboo and off-limits. Their friendship develops throughout all three series and makes for an excellent and thought-provoking portrayal of how people mentor each other and give each other much-needed support. Standing up for one’s beliefs can often land us in trouble, so it takes a lot of support to keep doing it.

The styling and art direction throughout the series are excellent. The clothing, sets, and look of the show give it a warmth and positive feel, even though there are always undertones of discrimination being tackled in the themes. It is often heartwarming and real, and the comedy sketches are excellent. Rachel Brosnahan, who plays the main character, Midge, is an excellent actress. The show has already collected 8 Emmy awards.

If you like well-written comedy, style, and glamour, with a hint of drama and social justice, you’ll love The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It always puts a smile on my face and I didn’t want to stop watching. Many of the hyped-up TV shows these days bore me to tears. Finding something exceptional and different doesn’t happen often on TV anymore. I like shows that challenge my intellect, make me laugh, and bring some warmth into my heart. That’s a tall order and usually requires a fair amount of budget. Although, that said, Kevin Smith managed to do it for me with Clerks, on a small budget of $5000, so anything is possible.